Obama Foreign Policy Critics Undercut by Powell Support
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President Barack Obama, assailed by Mitt Romney and other Republicans over defense priorities and foreign policy, got help from two former Republican secretaries of state who undercut a main line of attack.
Retired Army General Colin Powell, who was secretary of state under former President George W. Bush, yesterday endorsed Obama's re-election and criticized what he said were Romney's changing positions on international affairs.
"Sometimes I don't sense that he has thought through these issues as thoroughly as he should have," Powell, who also backed Obama in 2008, said of the Republican nominee during an interview on the "CBS This Morning" program.
John Sununu, a co-chairman of Romney's presidential campaign, last night questioned Powell's motive for supporting the president - only to back down hours later.
Sununu, former governor of New Hampshire, one of the swing states that will determine the outcome of the Nov. 6 election, said on CNN that "when you take a look at Colin Powell, you have to wonder if that's an endorsement based on issues, or whether he's got a slightly different reason for preferring President Obama."
"Your Own Race" ???
Asked by CNN's Piers Morgan the reason, Sununu, 73, said: "Well, I think when you have somebody of your own race that you're proud of being president of the United States, I applaud Colin for standing with him."
Hours later, Sununu issued a statement to National Review Online about Powell's endorsement, saying, "I do not doubt that it was based on anything but his support of the president's policies."
Separately yesterday, Condoleezza Rice, Powell's successor in the Bush administration, distanced herself from criticism leveled by Romney and other Republicans that Obama's response to the attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya, which killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, amounted to "denial" of what occurred .